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Minority Graduates of U.S. Medical Schools: Trends, 1950-1998

While significant efforts have been made to increase minority representation in the medical profession, very little information about minority medical school graduates and minority physicians has been available to evaluate progress towards this goal. This report, prepared by the Association of American Medical Colleges, provides both trend information in minority medical graduates, as well as the current practice characteristics of minority physicians. It is the first product from a unique database developed from the archives of medical schools, the AAMC’s own data sets, and files from the American Medical Association. They conclude that most minority groups remain underrepresented in medicine. Blacks, Hispanics and Native Americans-approximately 25% of the population-accounted for less than 15% of medical school graduates in 1998 and all minority graduates of US medical schools taken together comprise only 9% of the nation’s total physician workforce.

Free copies of this report are available from AAMC by contacting the Diversity Policy and Programs office at (202) 741-6478.

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